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INDEX '05 nonwovens exhibition will offer a range of special events.

I NDEX 05 will be held at the Geneva Palexpo convention center in Geneva.

More than 80 percent of the world's nonwovens manufacturers will be represented at the 2005 edition of the International Nonwovens Exhibition (INDEX 05), the world's largest exhibition of nonwovens products and services. INDEX 05 will be held at the Geneva Palexpo convention center in Geneva on Tuesday, April 12, through Thursday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and on Friday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

First held in 1984, INDEX is sponsored by the Brussels-based European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), in cooperation with organizer Geneva Palexpo. Twenty-thousand square meters of exhibition space have been reserved by more than 400 exhibitors representing all sectors of the nonwovens industry including raw material suppliers; roll goods and disposables manufacturers; finishers and converters; machinery and equipment manufacturers; and services.

INDEX 05 visitors expected to travel from more than 100 nations will find an array of industries represented at the show, such as transport, building and civil engineering, cleaning and hygiene, filtration, home furnishings, medical, packaging and composites.

"Visitors to INDEX 05 will see many sophisticated applications of nonwovens helping them to find unexpected, innovative and cost-effective answers to their specific business challenges," said Pierre Wiertz, general manager, EDANA.

New Events To Debut At INDEX 05

At INDEX 05, EDANA will offer several new events including educational forums and workshops. "These events will add value to the exhibition for visitors and exhibitors alike," according to Catherine Lennon, external relations manager, EDANA.

"As the trade association representing nonwovens and related industries, EDANA is committed to providing both exhibitors and visitors with the relevant means to make the most of their time at INDEX 05," Lennon said. "Today, companies work in a very tough business environment, facing a range of challenges and needs, and we therefore want to provide them with a series of high-value events that will respond to these diverse challenges and needs.

"From one INDEX exhibition to the next, we also always review the relevance, benefits and success of the special events to ensure that they are in line with the evolving business environments and requirements. For example, we feel that everybody involved in the nonwovens industry will benefit more from the events that will take place at INDEX 05 than the congress that took place previously," she added.

"The economic downturn has made it increasingly difficult for companies to take part in events, shifting the patterns of corporate policy for participation in trade events. The more selective approach to show and exhibition attendance has resulted in a falling number of delegates participating in large congresses linked with trade events, and we expect that the more specialized new events that will take place at INDEX 05 will represent an additional incentive for visitors to come," Lennon concluded.

Product Presentation Forum

Exhibitors at INDEX 05 will have the opportunity to present their newest technologies and services to attendees as part of the Product Presentation Forum. The forum will be held in the Products Presentation Auditorium, located within the exhibition hall. Twenty-minute exhibitor presentations will take place each day of the show. As of Textile World' s press time, between 36 and 40 presentations have been scheduled.

EDANA will offer information about membership and benefits at INDEX 05.

The filtration sector will be emphasized, with a full hour set aside specifically for filtration presentations on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Academy Forum

In an effort to showcase and promote academic research within the international nonwovens sector, the Nonwovens Research and Development Academy Forum will debut at INDEX 05. The forum will take place Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. According to EDANA, it will enable engineers, scientists, researchers, students and academics to present and share research studies pertaining to the nonwovens industry. The forum will cover a number of research areas including: polymer science and technology; fiber science and technology; mechanics of web formation and bonding; engineering design of nonwoven fabrics; functional fabric finishes and treatments; property or process modeling; structure-property relationships in nonwoven materials; testing and characterization of nonwoven fabrics; methods of nonwoven fabric manufacture and conversion; recycling, reuse and sustainability; and studies of nonwoven fabric properties, performance and function in specific applications.

After the forum debuts at INDEX 05, it will rotate annually among nonwovens institutes and centers, emphasizing current research projects taking place at the host establishment. The location of the second forum will be announced during the exhibition.

Global Nonwovens Advisory Board Summit

The Global Nonwovens Advisory Board has invited business leaders from the nonwovens industry to attend its first Global Nonwovens Advisory Board Summit. The meeting will take place Wednesday, and will focus on such topics as nonwoven quality standards and unified test methods, innovation to fight commodity status for nonwovens, coordination and support for a single major trade show in Asia, and tariffs and duties.

Central And Eastern European Luncheon

EDANA has scheduled an invitation-only luncheon on Thursday to celebrate the impending first anniversary of the entry of 10 new countries into the European Union. At the luncheon, executives from Central and Eastern European companies will exchange ideas with executives from EDANA-member companies, and learn about membership benefits.

INDEX 05 Awards

Winners of the INDEX Awards Competition for Advances in Nonwovens will be announced at a special invitation-only welcome cocktail party and ceremony to be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Beau Rivage Hotel in central Geneva. The competition aims to encourage and acknowledge innovation and new ideas in nonwovens, their raw materials and the machinery used in making or converting nonwovens, according to EDANA. Winners will be recognized in eight categories: nonwoven roll goods for disposable end-uses; nonwoven roll goods for durable end-uses; disposable finished products made from or incorporating nonwovens; durable finished products made from or incorporating nonwovens; marketing achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from or incorporating nonwovens; innovation in a raw material of special relevance to the nonwovens industry; innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry; ands tudent/young researcher idea - a new category that recognizes a product made from or incorporating nonwovens, or applied research in this area.


EDANA and Geneva Palexpo have extended their partnership and will present INDEX 08 April 15-18, 2008, at Geneva Palexpo.

According to Rolf Altdorf, chairman, EDANA, "[t]he success of the work achieved with Geneva Palexpo during the last two decades to promote nonwovens to the wide range of sectors, which can benefit from this constantly evolving technology, has led us to extend this collaboration."

Getting To Know Geneva

Located in the southwestern corner of the Swiss Alps, Geneva is Switzerland's second-largest city, with a population of more than 178,000 settled in an area of 282 square kilometers. The center of the city is located on the banks of Lake Geneva, also referred to by locals as Lake Leman, and is bisected by the Rhine River.

While staying in the city, visitors are likely to hear at least three of Switzerland's four national languages - German, French, Italian and Rumansch (spoken by less than 1 percent of the population). Because Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, the Swiss franc is the official monetary unit of the country.

There are a number of attractions and sightseeing opportunities in and surrounding Geneva.

Lake Leman offers scenic views from terraces and beaches. Boat trips around the lake also provide panoramic vistas of the Savoy mountains and the Jet d'Eau - the world's tallest fountain - located on the pier.

The International Red CrossandRed Crescent Museum documents the organizations past and current relief efforts.

The Jet d'Eau, found on the pier on Lake Leman, is the world's tallest fountain.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the location of the world's largest machine - a circular particle accelerator - and is the birthplace of the World Wide Web.

The Cathedral of St. Pierre, with its Romanesque and Gothic architectural elements, is located in the center of the city. John Calvin preached there from 1536 until 1564.

There are many popular destinations not far from Geneva. Lausanne is home of the International Olympic Committee. Montreux, located on the Swiss Riviera, is an artists enclave and host of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

February 2005